Cataracts are the clouding that develops in the eye’s crystalline lens. As the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 60 or older, cataracts impair vision, making everyday activities increasingly difficult.
Symptoms may include: blurring of vision; sensitivity to light; double vision in one eye; frequent changes in eyeglass prescription; difficulty in reading in low light; declining night vision; fading or yellowing of colors. The effect can be as if looking through a window that is frosted or ‘fogged’ with steam. Cataracts may be caused by the natural aging process, metabolic changes, injury, various forms of radiation, toxic chemicals and certain drugs.
Yes! As a matter of fact, many patients report vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts. Modern cataract surgery is considered one of the most effective medical procedures used today. And these results are permanent, so once removed the cataract will not reoccur.
Your cataract procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and takes only a few minutes. In most cases, daily activities such as driving and reading can be resumed almost immediately.
There has been a rapid evolution in cataract treatment over the past few years. Cataract patients now experience greater choice in options, improved visual outcomes and faster recoveries.
Phacoemulsification is a quick, outpatient procedure that corrects vision with little discomfort and rapid return to normal activities. It requires a tiny incision and breaks up the cataract with ultrasound waves. Next, a soft, flexible synthetic Intraocular Lens (IOL) is inserted into the lens capsule of the eye. In most cases, the incision is so small that the eye heals rapidly and with little or no discomfort. Modern cataract surgery is referred to as”no-stitch.”
In cataract surgery, a small incision will be made in the eye. Dr. Whitten will remove the cloudy lens carefully, leaving the lens membrane in place. A replacement lens, called an IOL or intraocular lens, is then inserted. The entire procedure takes less than a couple hours and most patients resume their normal activities the following day.
Yes, there have been many advances in the intraocular lenses (IOLs) available. The very latest in Premium Multifocal and Premium Toric (astigmatic) lenses can improve vision for various distances all at once. This means not having to wear glasses following your procedure and regaining your important reading vision. The traditional Single Vision IOLs are able to correct sight for one type of vision (far, intermediate or near). Both lenses are extremely effective options to restore your vision. Dr. Whitten will recommend the best option for your specific vision needs.
With a high success rate and excellent benefits, it is not surprising that most patients are extremely satisfied after their cataract surgery. The majority of patients experience little or no pain from the surgery and are free to return to their daily routines the day after their procedure is completed. You can expect to see images more clearly, see colors more vividly, and think,”I wish I’d done this sooner!”
Yes. The actual cataract surgery is the same for Single-Vision, Premium and Toric lenses. Medicare and most insurance plans cover approved cataract surgery for Single-Vision lenses. For the Symphony Premium and Tecnis Toric lenses, there is an additional charge that many patients find well worth the cost in exchange for the freedom from glasses or contacts. Financing is available for a portion of the surgical cost. The Whitten Laser Eye staff will review all of this information with you.